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Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle (USA)

 Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle, with butt folded.
 Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle, with butt folded.
image: Remington Military

 

Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle, ready to fire.
 Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle, ready to fire.
image: Remington Military

 

Caliber(s): .338 Lapua, .338 Norma, .300 Win Mag, 7.62x51 NATO (.308Win)
Operation: manually operated bolt action
Barrel: 508mm / 20", 559mm / 22", 610mm / 24" or 686mm / 27" in every caliber
Weight: 5.9 kg / 13 lbs with 22" barrel and loaded 5-round magazine
Length: 1168mm / 46" ready to fire, 914mm / 36" folded, with 22" barrel
Feed Mechanism: 5, 7 or 10 rounds detachable box magazine

 

The Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle was recently developed by the Military products division of the famous US arms-making company, Remington Arms, to meet the requirements of the US SOCOM Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) solicitation, first issued in early 2009. The trials of actual contenders for the US SOCOM PSR contract are scheduled to March 2010.
Requirements for the PSR include effective range up to 1500 meters with accuracy not worse than 1 MOA in 10-shot groups at all ranges up to the maximum, minimum magazine capacity of 5 rounds, maximu 'combat ready' weight of 18 lbs / 8.2 kg, barrels that can be changed by operator, folding or detachable stock and a number of other desirable features. It appears that Remington MSR rifle can fullfil all these requirements, but only actual trials will show, which weapon is the best. Regardless of the SOCOM PSR results, the Remington MSR appears to be a serious tool for long-range military or LE sniper work.

The Remington MSR - Modular Sniper Rifle is a manually operated bolt action weapon with rotary bolt locking. To facilitate caliber change, bolt is equipped with removable bolt heads, with bolt faces matched for appropriate calibers. Bolt heads have three radial locking lugs. The MSR rifle is built upon an aluminum alloy "chassis", which hosts a compact receiver, adjustable trigger unit, pistol grip, side-folding and fully adjustable buttstock. The quick-change barrels are free-floated inside the tubular handguard which is provided with a number of user-installable Picatinny type acessory rails. The top of receiver also is fitted with monolitic Picatinny rail which is used to install sighting equipment (telescope sights or night vision sights). Additional equipment includes detachable folding bipod and a quick-detachable silencer, which installs over the specially designed muzzle brake.